October is… Celebrating literacy!

This month we’re celebrating literacy in all its forms: reading and writing, numeracy, digital literacy, and media and information literacy!

Supporting the literacy skills of Tasmanians and encouraging everyone to keep learning throughout life is one of our main aims at Libraries Tasmania. We foster this activity in the community through coordinated workshops, one-to-one and group tuition and by providing access to information and resources to help people at all stages of their learning journey.

While we focus on this important work all year round, in October specific events such as Get Online Week and 26TEN Week really shine a light on this incredibly important topic and remind us all that there’s always something new to learn.

So, to inspire you, here’s a snapshot of the literacy activities on offer at our libraries this month:

  • Staying Connected While Being Apart @ Ulverstone Library
  • Digital Mentors @ Sheffield Library and Latrobe Library
  • All You Need to Know About Data and Public WiFi @ Devonport Library
  • Literacy, Learning and Libraries Celebration Morning Tea @ Penguin Library
  • Rock & Rhyme and eSafety Awareness Session @ Devonport Library

You can also find literacy tutorials, eResources and tools through our Niche Academy portal and through our Learning Support hub on our website.

October is also… a big community events month!

Across our libraries, you’ll find activities and resources for the following important events:

  • Mental Health Week: 4 to 11 October
  • Anti-Poverty Week: 11 to 17 October
  • Seniors Week: 11 to 17 October
  • Get Online Week: 18 to 24 October
  • 26TEN Week: 25 to 29 October
  • Media and Information Literacy Week: 24 to 31 October

Through Libraries Tasmania, you have access to so many pathways to improve your literacy skills (or those of someone you know), whatever your age or situation – it’s as simple as contacting a library and asking what they have on offer to support your needs.

To find out what’s on offer, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

SEPTEMBER IS… Learning something new!

September at Libraries Tasmania

From research to reading… What will you discover?

We’re passionate about lifelong learning, and our focus in September is all about supporting you to learn something new. From reading to researching, we have the experts and resources to get you started.


September is… Adult Learners’ Week

Libraries Tasmania is holding a series of engaging events across Tasmania to connect adults with learning and support their learning journeys during Adult Learners’ Week 2021.

Adult Learners’ Week is celebrated annually across Australia from 1 – 8 September. It is a great introduction to the learning support available in libraries for adults all year round.

Whether you are returning to learning after a long break or are wanting to develop a new skill, Libraries Tasmania is here to support you.

Join us for:

To find out what your local library is doing for Adult Learners’ Week, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.


September is… reading, writing, and research

Keen minds and lifelong learners are welcomed with open arms at Libraries Tasmania, with a range of creative and research-based activities on offer for those who want to extend their own writing skills, explore the writing of others – or refine their search for information.

Below is just a sample of what is on at your local library.

Bruny Library

Devonport Library

Glenorchy Library

Huonville Library

Kingston Library

Smithton Library

Ulverstone Library

To find out what your local library is offering, and to book, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

For your local library’s full list of events, don’t forget to check the What’s On link in our monthly newsletter.


September is… Rock & Rhyme and Storytime!

Learning something new is fun for the young ones, especially when it’s accompanied by music, narrative and movement! Our Rock & Rhyme and Storytime sessions are very popular with babies, pre-schoolers… and their parents and carers! Sessions are run regularly throughout the year at many of our libraries.

To find and book a session, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

AUGUST IS… Uncovering your past!

Everyone has a past… Can yours be found in the Libraries Tasmania archives and heritage collections?

August is… 91 Stories

August is the month when we proudly open the doors to 91 Stories – our community-curated exhibition.

From 9 August you can view a selection of the 91 treasures from this exhibition at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, in one of our libraries across Tasmania (where you can explore our fabulous roving exhibition cubes), or view the entire exhibition online in the evergreen 91 Stories Flickr gallery.

August is… Family history research

August is National Family History Month (NFHM), and Libraries Tasmania has a host of expert talks, online resources and in-library sessions to further your existing passion or spark your interest in all things family history!

Have you been interested in getting to know your family history, but are not sure where to start? Our librarians and archivists have done the hard work for you and offer their best advice and handy hints on how to get started.

  • We offer a range of different services that will help you connect to your ancestral roots, whether your family history lies in Tasmania, across Australia or overseas.
  • If you know you have Tasmanian heritage, the Tasmanian Names Index is a comprehensive database of Tasmanian records – all you need to do is search a name!
  • Search through the Tasmanian prison records, or our UNESCO Memory of the World-listed Tasmanian Convict Records.
  • You can use our specialised research guide to help identify whether you have Tasmanian Aboriginal ancestry.
  • And, if you’re looking beyond Tasmania, Ancestry lets you search across Australian census, birth, marriage and death records, or military and immigration records. Remote access for Ancestry is available to Libraries Tasmania members until December 2021, so you can research your family history without leaving your home.

For the full list of Libraries Tasmania family history resources, visit our Family History web page.  

August is… Getting back to library basics

August is… For the kids!

Contact your local library to find out what’s on near you. Or, visit www.eventbrite.com.au and search ‘Libraries Tasmania’.

Buried in the collection!

What will you discover in our collections this month?

Libraries Tasmania is home to a wealth of Tasmanian stories – whether in our 22 linear kilometres of shelving devoted to archives, or on our lending shelves in our 46 libraries across the state.

We invite you to be a detective and look a little deeper at what we have to offer in our cultural collections…

  • Dive into our Archives and Heritage blog, where you’ll uncover the hidden story behind some of our most important items, such as this donated letterpress
  • Assist with our DigiVol projects and help turn historical Tasmanian information into digitised data.
  • Visit the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts (91 Murray Street, Hobart) to wander through its many ‘house’ rooms, where you’ll uncover exquisite objects, paintings and books that tell the story of Tasmania’s journey from yesterday to today.
  • Explore our two Flickr accounts… The Tasmanian Archives and State Library (Commons) account makes publicly available more than one thousand of our most-loved creative commons images; while our private exhibitions and collections can be accessed on this Libraries Tasmania Flickr account, where our team has curated albums for you to explore – including previous Allport exhibitions, Tasmanian convict and prisoner photos, Queen Elizabeth II in Tasmania, Cradle Mountain, early Hobart and so much more.

In addition to our cultural treasures, did you know we offer these lending library services?

  • Home Library Service: This is a free service for people who can’t visit a library due to incapacity. You tell us what you would like to receive, we pick it for you and then our volunteer couriers deliver these library items to you, either to your home or residential facility. To find out more, visit Home Library Service (libraries.tas.gov.au)
  • Bilingual Books: Is English your second language or does your family speak more than one language at home? We are proud to offer some beloved and classic children’s picture books told in both English and other languages. Titles include books by Eric Carle as well as David McKee’s ‘Elmer’ series. Available languages include Farsi, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Arabic, Vietnamese, Japanese, Nepali, Urdu, Hindi and Bengali. You can find these books at Burnie, Devonport, Glenorchy, Hobart, Kingston, Launceston and Rosny Libraries – you can place a hold now or contact our staff for assistance.
  • New Release Express Service: This service offers a selection of our most popular new books for immediate borrowing. You can take home a bestseller without having to wait! In addition to Hobart, Kingston, Rosny, Launceston, Devonport, Glenorchy and Burnie, the New Release Express Service has now expanded to St Helens, Ulverstone, Huonville and Sorell Libraries. For more information visit https://www.libraries.tas.gov.au/…/express-service.aspx

Our libraries… A place for everyone!

This May we’re featuring what Libraries Tasmania offers to Tasmanians of all ages. Whether you were born in 1920 or 2020, we have something for you!

Did you know that any Tasmanian resident can become a member of Libraries Tasmania, and that membership is free? You can join online or in person to access services for all ages, and enjoy a growing range of physical and digital collections.

FOR THE KIDS

After some great activities for your baby, toddler or pre-schooler? We offer our much-loved Rock & Rhyme and Storytime sessions, early learning resources for parents and carers, and online resources such as StoryBox Library, to excite little minds with the joy of stories. And what better way to begin your child’s reading and learning journey than with their very own library card?

Connect with your local library to explore the latest children’s books, DVDs and music, and find out what’s on offer for our youngest users. Your local library’s Facebook page and Eventbrite page are excellent resources for staying up to date on events and activities.

Tweens and teens don’t miss out, with access to PlayStation and Xbox, digital comics and other eResources, events such as National Simultaneous Storytime (19 May), our online language learning resources, and – of course – free WiFi in libraries.

FOR THE GROWN-UPS

We invite everyone to discover our book groups, take part in a digital literacy session, book a personal computer, come along to an Allport talk, and get involved with our vibrant volunteering opportunities (including the popular DigiVol activity).

Explore your family history through the Tasmanian Names Index, take advantage of the extended access to Ancestry and get expert help with your research, in person and online.

Become a member to access our full range of services, or just drop in and enjoy some quiet time during your busy day!

Our cultural collections are on show!

This April we’re excited to be showcasing our cultural collections – from rare books and manuscripts, to exquisite art exhibitions, to a living collection of nationally significant Tasmanian colonial paintings, photographs, English and European decorative arts and furniture.

Did you know that Libraries Tasmania includes the State Library of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Archives and The Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts? These three cultural institutions (housed within the heritage-listed 91 Murray Street building) come together to tell the fascinating stories of Tasmanian – and we are inviting you to explore these stories, both in-person and online!

The State Library of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Archives provide access to the unique stories from our past. Explore our many historic Tasmanian images, including photos, paintings, drawings and more. There are currently more than 50,000 images online and we regularly add to them. Browse the images online or find more information about accessing and using images. Also check out our newly digitised items, ranging from convict and gaol records, employment and hospital records, letters, manuscripts, maps and plans to glass plate negatives, colonial artworks, historical artefacts and photographs.

We also have a rich collection of colonial paintings, furniture, books and decorative art, a re-created ‘house’ museum and a vibrant annual exhibition series (featuring works from the collection and contemporary Tasmanian artists) at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Hobart’s hidden treasure that is housed on the foyer level of the 91 Murray Street building. Our current exhibition is the intriguing Banks’ Florilegium – Society Islands, 1769 – and you can ‘tour’ past exhibitons at the Allport through our Flickr page.

Explore more cultural stories